Piping Live! hits the small screen with three BBC Alba TV broadcasts
The Gaelic language BBC Alba television network in the UK will run three special programs in December on the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, continuing the trend towards off-season piping and drumming programming on mainstream media outlets.
While BBC Alba broadcasts in Gaelic, subtitles will be included with each of the hour-long segments, which can be viewed by taxpaying UK citizens only.
Program 1 will air on December 10th, the second show will be on December 17th and the final instalment will air December 24th. Each program will be broadcast at 9 pm GMT.
The programs will comprise highlights of the 2011 Piping Live! festival, including excerpts from the numerous recitals and concerts over the six days of events.
Pipe bands included will be Inveraray & District, Oban High School, Canterbury Caledonia and New York Metro, while solo pipers featured include Fred Morrison, Niall Stewart, Glenn Brown and Kyle Warren. Celtic music groups on the shows include Hotel Palindrome, Vox Catriona and Grafenwind.
The BBC Alba Piping Live! programs follow the BBC’s coverage of the World Pipe Band Championships and, more recently, a BBC Northern Ireland documentary, “Pipe Dreaming,” on the “battle” between Field Marshal Montgomery and St. Laurence O’Toole for supremacy at the World’s.
According to a BBC spokesman, the BBC Alba shows are expected to be available via iPlayer following their broadcast.